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The difference between butterscotch and caramel is a difference in complexity. Caramel is made from white (refined) sugar while butterscotch is made from brown (less refined) sugar that had molasses in it. The flavors in butterscotch are more complex: sweet, bitter, nutty, buttery. All that complexity comes through in this color which blends copper, gold, brown, and a touch of silver for a sweet shade you’ll want to sink your teeth into. Click the style notes for formulas and tips on application. –– Laura Martin

Application: The two formulas below work beautiful melted into each other using a hand painting technique, applied as highlights and lowlights, or layered in blocks. The tones in the two formulas are very similar, so you won’t see a lot of distinction between the two shades.

Formulas (0n natural level 7)

Dark Butterscotch: Goldwell Topchic 2 parts 7BN + 1 part 6G + 1 part 7NP with 20 Volume

Light Butterscotch: Goldwell Topchic 2 parts 9GN + 1 part 8KN + 1 part 9BA with 40 Volume

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA

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